Our community has come together in an incredible way to raise money for Kelly Turner. She is now getting close to an amount that would pay for potentially life-saving surgery – but her family say the deadline is "now".
Kelly, aged 16 and from Dover, was diagnosed with a desmoplastic small round cell tumour (DSRCT) in October 2015 and given two years to live. After the NHS refused to carry out a costly procedure, the St Edmund's pupil's family found a facility in New York willing to do it but at a cost of £1 million. So far around £289,000 has been raised.
I am contacting NHS chiefs asking them to match fund what has been raised.
But we might get to half a million just through local action. That is a testament to the hard work, compassion and loyalty of the people of Dover and Deal.
Please everyone, for the sake of this wonderful girl and her family, keep going with your efforts.
To donate to Kelly Turner, visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kelly-turner or text 70070 with the code 'KPTF99 £' and the amount after the pound sign.
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